JS BACH Mass in B minor

The paradox of recent performances of this mightiest of Bachian edifices is that as directors seek to be distinctive, almost the reverse seems to be happening in all but a few. Here, you’d be excused for thinking the manufacturers have mixed the masters: instead of a resounding B minor Kyrie chord opening proceedings, we get a little harpsichord improvisation – and rather more of it occurs before the Credo.

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